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German-Afghan government negotiations successfully concluded

Müller: "The wheel of history must not be rolled back"

Training for future teachers at the Teacher Training College in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan

08.05.2015 |

Berlin – This year's government negotiations on development cooperation between Germany and Afghanistan were successfully concluded on Friday. Both sides agreed to put a new focus on reintegrating Afghan refugees and providing for internally displaced persons. German Development Minister Gerd Müller made a point of stressing that security and stability will continue to be fundamental prerequisites for cooperation once large parts of the international troops have withdrawn.

"We know that rebuilding Afghanistan will require perseverance. We are prepared to support the country on its path. The main responsibility for a peaceful future of the country, however, lies with the Afghan government. Implementing urgently needed reforms – to improve governance and strengthen the economy – is in the hands of the government. In particular, the reforms are needed in order to create jobs and real opportunities for the many young people in the country who have high hopes for the future and are united in the desire to change their country. They are why we must not let the wheel of history be rolled back in Afghanistan."

In total, Germany has committed 165 million euros for next year. Disbursement of a further 80 million euros is made contingent on specific conditions. These funds will only be released if the Afghan government implements the reforms that have been announced in the areas of anti-corruption and drug control, strengthening women's rights, advancing the economy and drinking water protection. If the funds are released, this would take Germany’s total bilateral commitments to up to 245 million euros.

German-Afghan development cooperation is focused on strengthening democracy and the rule of law and improving the economic and social living conditions for the people in Afghanistan. That is why German-Afghan development projects are, for instance, designed to strengthen education and vocational training and improve energy and water provision in Afghanistan. Germany is the third-largest donor in Afghanistan, after the US and Japan.

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